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A: Is there a passenger? B: Well, this (camera's)angle’s not helping us. Maybe this(another camera) will. See if I can lose the funhouse.

I looked up 'funhouse' in a dictionary. It says 'funhouse' is a ghost house. I also looked up 'lose the funhouse' in a dictionary, and there is nothing. Is there a special meaning for 'lose the funhouse'?

I can't understand what it means. They(A & B)'re looking for a criminal who run away through CCTV footage.

Help me. T_T

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  • can you provide the source of the text?
    – lbf
    Jun 7, 2019 at 19:05

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Without more context I can't say for sure, but this is likely a reference to "funhouse" mirrors, which distort an image, as below, for humorous effect:

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The lens or the angle of the first camera was likely causing distortion, but Speaker B felt the other camera would correct that distortion (i.e., "lose the funhouse" aspect).

Image borrowed from the Fabius Maximus website.

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    You can get a smartphone app which adds a "funhouse" effect to its camera image. Strangely my first search hit was a Stackoverflow question with the same image. Jun 7, 2019 at 18:13
  • @WeatherVane: That image was on the first page of Google searches and represented the concept best, so I'm not surprised someone else picked it as well. Low-hanging fruit!.
    – Robusto
    Jun 7, 2019 at 18:45

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